Sheep Industry Gets Funding to Streamline Food Safety & Code of Practice Programs

The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) will combine sheep and lamb production assurance systems under the nationally recognized Food Safe Farm Practices (FSFP) thanks to nearly $350,000 in funding under the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program funded by Growing Forward 2.

This support will allow the Canadian Sheep Federation to integrate the National Sheep Biosecurity Standard and the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep into the FSFP. The industry says this will provide assurances that sheep and lamb have been raised under an integrated farm program that addresses food safety, biosecurity and animal care.

“Expanding the scope of the Canadian sheep industry’s on-farm food safety program helps support our industry’s commitment to food safety and responsible livestock production. The end result is an all-encompassing assurance program that is easy for producers to follow and that allows farms to be recognized for their efforts, ” says Phil Kolodychuk, chairman of the Canadian Sheep Federation.

The Food Safe Farm Practices Program is an on-farm food safety program that examines all areas of production and outlines good production practices designed to minimize food safety risks and produce a safe and high-quality product.

For 2014, Canadian farm cash receipts for sheep and lambs totaled nearly $157 million.

 

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